A Moon of Blood

31 January 2018 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

It was an evening of something quite unexpected.

True, I did hear about the coming of the "Super Blue Blood Moon" which was talked about all throughout social media. Bu I never thought it would look breathtakingly spectacular.

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Ain alerted me to the start of the lunar eclipse during the full moon. It was a clear night. The stars were out.

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The moon was gradually and visibly being devoured by the shadow of Earth.

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When it was completely engulfed in shadow, the moon turned blood red. The photo I took above does not do it justice.

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Soon after, the light of the sun began to shine upon the moon once again, slowly revealing itself to the night sky. The evening began with me underestimating how the lunar eclipse would look like. In the end, I felt fortunate that Ain called me outside to view the phenomenon.

 

Patreon: Doomed Surgical Team

31 January 2018 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 

Perfect for any horror tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), these paper miniatures of a doomed surgical team with a swarm of patients who are clearly hostile and infected with... something.

cut up

Those stains on their medical smocks are perhaps blood, or infected vomit, or perhaps paint - because of a catastrophic hospital painting incident. Yeah, run that session and let me know how it turns out.

sick people

Download the paper miniatures from Patreon for free!

 

Further Gastronomical Adventures with Atok and Opah

29 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

More photos from Irfan's grandparents' visit chronicled two further sojourn to sample food at eateries nearby. I should think it was a collective celebration not just of their anniversary but also of Sila's birthday which as you know falls on the same day. Additionally, my birthday would raise its head several days later.

First we would treat them. Then they treated us.

Bottom line, though, I am still astounded that we are able to afford these types of food these days. Granted they are cheaper than similar food in Kuala Lumpur, but we would not be able to afford these prices back then neither.

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Enjoy the photos. First we went to Kangar for these dishes.

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Celebrating an Anniversary

26 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Irfan's Atok and Opah came for a visit this week.

Selfie or something

And their anniversary will be up in three days!

Grandparents of Irfan, Yaya and Adik

On this fine Friday, and you can tell it's a Friday because Irfan and I are in Baju Melayu, we went to the food court at Kuala Perlis for an early celebration of their anniversary!

Button up, Irfan
 

Bored at Work But Not Really

25 January 2018 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Between semesters, I need not head to classes to teach. I do have a lot of work at the office though such as grading papers, planning for the next semester, employee assessment forms, workshops to attend and things such as the previous day's brochure to create.

So, alone in my room sometimes I just set my RPG gear and paperminis on my table just for kicks.

rebels vs imps
scoundrels vs stormies

Classes will start soon, so I will not have the opportunity for this again in a couple of months hence.

 

Crafting a Brochure Once More

24 January 2018 | Hisham | | Teaching
 

It has been decades since I made an actual three-fold brochure for real.

External

The workplace needed one for an upcoming postgraduate programme they would be running.

Internal

Using Inkscape (and actually running around the office buildin to take fresh photographcs) I managed to hammer a design out. The photos above are of the mockup printed out. These brochures would be first brought to Bangladesh for an event there.

 

Happy Birthday Ain

22 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Because the extra teaching work I took last semester earned me some extra Republic credits, I was - for the first time in our lives together as husband and wife - able to buy Ain a real birthday present!

Bought at Lazada

I ordered it online and it arrived much earlier than it had announced it would.

Happy birthday, my darling wife. I love you very much.

 

FAE Printed and Bound

17 January 2018 | Hisham | | Books, Role Playing Games
 

I downloaded a copy of FATE Accelerated Edition even before I moved up here. But I never got it printed out until today. I had sent it for printing the previous evening and the print shop called me up today as we were getting the car's tyre replaced.

cover

So we picked it up. It did not cost a lot of Republic credits even with perfect binding at A5 sized pages.

contents
interior
back cover

The output looks and feels amazing. The Needless to say, I might print more stuff I downloaded from DriveThruRPG / RPGNow at the print shop. All I need now is some FATE dice.

 

Not the Tire Again

17 January 2018 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

It was early in the morning when we sent Irfan to school as usual. I took the following photo of the sky in front of his school upon dropping him there. Click on it to expand.

Sunup

We then took the long way round back to the house.

Not a good idea

In hindsight we should have just made a u-turn and headed home the way we came.

Steel

Only when the mechanic removed the tyre from the hub could we see this screwdriver shank. It had pierced the tread complete and had been rattling inside the tyre as air was escaped.

Bye bye, Republic credits.

 

Another January Weekend

14 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Last weekend, we went for a drive. This weekend, it was time for the farmer's market.

Orangeness

There were a bunch of fresh produce Ain wanted to pick up at the market. She knew of cheaper locations to purchase some of the things here, but it has been a while since we visited this market.

Greenness

Lots of green grown were sold here that we could consume to keep our biological avatars running without any errors.

These biological things make awesome salad

Ain pokes a papaya.

There's always a bigger fish

All this fish gives me an idea for an epic RPG campaign. (No it does not.)

 

One January Weekend

07 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

We decided to take a drive on Sunday. Headed north, we then stopped at the restaurant overlooking the dam for lunch.

Waiting for food

But first, a photo to preserve the moment since we have no access to the quantum informational layer of the universe.

The menu

It is weird that we need to absorb and grok the information using spectral patterns of a certain frequence of electromagnetic radiation reflected off the menu and into our occular organs before we could figure out what to order.

Click to expand image

Can you imagine the sheer amount of quantum information that was formed and being formed, while interacting with each other in this photograph?

 

Fourth Form Kid

02 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

I am amazed at how far this boy has come, from when he had difficulty in learning at primary school to being able to be liked by teachers at his new school here. Now passing the end of year school holidays into the fourth form, he has been accepted as a library assistant at his school, as I was at his age.

I doa for the best of opportunities and in the good and honoourable execution of his endeavours in the years to come.

Day before school
First day of school